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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Man Who Tripped on Pants and Fell Onto BART Tracks Escapes Death But Causes Train Delays

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

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After yesterday's confusion over reports that someone had fallen under a BART train, followed by more news that nobody was found under the train, we thought we'd set the record straight. 

Someone did fall onto the tracks yesterday afternoon at the Embarcadero Station, but was able to climb back onto the platform, just in time. 

Here's what happened:

A BART train operator called police at about 2:54 p.m saying someone had fallen onto the tracks and was under the train that had just arrived. BART closed down the station and turned trains back while police looked for a body under the train. 

At that point, BART was saying that someone was under the train — and media outlets, including SF Weekly, ran with that story. About 40 minutes later, BART released new information saying police did a sweep underneath the train and did not find a body. 

Body or no body, it caused major delays systemwide. 

Bewildered police finally got to the bottom of it: As a train was arriving, a commuter tripped on his pants and fell onto the tracks just as a train was arriving. Fortunately, he managed to quickly pull himself back up to the platform, cheating death, BART police say. The operator never saw the man climb out, so he/she called the cops, reporting a body under the train. 

Officers found the man who had fallen and treated him for minor scrapes and bruises at the scene. 

"That's way lucky," says Lt. Aaron Ledford with the BART police. 

Ledford tells us that police have a handful of cases each year where someone falls onto the tracks and is actually run over by the train, but somehow survives. "I see it maybe a couple times a year where a person actually comes out unscathed —  just dirty," Ledford says.

We can only hope that this lucky commuter went and bought himself a lottery ticket.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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